Diary: James P. Stabler, 1827 (Volume 1)

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—— playing Domino, which forms his principal occupation = He is a very fine boy indeed — Alexander & James one about four and the other 2 to 3 yrs old are two of the most genuine Irish roots I even saw — Alexr reminds me often of little Dieb — They are in fine subjection to the mothers mandates, and their amusing prattle has endeared them to the ships whole crew - sailors as well as passengers. – and tends not a little to contribute to the entertainment of a slow dull passage — who knows but we might have had more wind if some of Cousin R's specific for accelerating a passage, – ie Salts, was handy.

Mr Bentique & Lady who were married about 2 weeks before we started accordg to report, have not afforded us much oppy of diving into the secrets of their character — We are willing however to indulge them with a Honey

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Moon — which perhaps has been rather a sickly one. — Our little German Martin Frederick brings up the rear and his footsteps upon deck announce him at his usual occupation of walking "de tech "for de wand of sumbting petter "do to - as dis gam is so diresum "do a potty dat wants do "ket do te zhore" – a right clever good for nothing easy going little body - dat would not "to any potty no harm" –

= = Ex: Om: to the biogy about 11 o'ck espied a ship bound westward at some 8 or ten miles distant — can make nothing out of her – — another sail at 12 & a schooner — The clouds seemd to rise a little at this hour and afforded us a more pleasant play on deck for the remainder of the afternoon than we have had for a number of days – The calm continued during the most of the days, but sometimes a little puff would

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fill the sails and then die away like a genuine Summer breeze.– various are the calculations made as to the hour of arriving in LP & in making land &, not a few bets appended to them - but the interest seems to have charge from a desire to win money and dinners &c to that of getting a wind almost on any terms = no disposition hardly to explore the wonders of the deep a là rope & bucket altho the surface and indeed to some depth, continually presents to the observer an almost infinite variety in the forms of organic life – all shapes colours and sizes and in fact to me a watery world of nondescripts have escaped my inspection for want of a little scoup net to get them within the limits of distinct vision – – I had some thread and made a needle &c to nett one but forgot the stick!!

And so we go — —

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3rd day Morning 10th

A pleasant transition for the weary mariner this morng from calms to qualms

We threw the lead for soundgs yesterday evening and to the joy of many found them at seventy five fathoms – lat 49° 20' about from reckoning and the captain mark'd our spot upon the chart and found the soundgs to agree. A wind from N by W sprng up about dusk and we gradually mended our pace from one or two to six knots – increasing about 12 last night and this morning to 7 or 8 — We feel the motion much more sensibly this morning from having it so calmed — but the breakfast bell will soon tingle in our ears - and I am as hungry as a leach — My appetite is ravenous and I am afraid to satisfy it. — The passengers all tell me I look like a dead man come to life since we have been out

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